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Subject: Another "Pursuit" - 4 Player Game Session rss

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Lyle Rhodebeck
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Game of Pursuit of Happiness – September 21, 2016

Here’s another “story” of a great game of The Pursuit of Happiness. I was the only person who had played previously, so it was a new experience for the other three players. Ken, Robin, Mike and I had a “rousing” game, and Robin was victorious. Here is “our story” of the game.

Our goals for the game were: Complete the Most Projects, Enter Old Age with the Least Stress, Achieve an L3 Job, and Participate in the Most Activities. We also used the “Trends” expansion. Our three trends for projects were Health, Social and Tech. We had a very close game, with Robin edging out Mike by about 5 points, and me by 9. Our final scores were Robin-72, Mike-67, Lyle-63 and Ken-54. More explanation of how these happened follow in our life stories.
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Lyle was a very productive child, and one would think it would lead to success in his work life. But that simply wasn’t the case. He was productive enough in his teens to start working on an invention, which he completed during his 20’s. Also during his 20’s, Lyle took on a mid-level “social” role, but failed to continue his education and requirements to keep his job…before he was 30!!! Jobless heading into his 30’s, he decided to completely focus on his health (it was the latest trend). He took up jogging and working out, and truly improved his vitality. During this time he didn’t work and didn’t have any significant relationships, except for one summer fling! Of course, his friends and peers were achieving much more during this time, but that didn’t bother Lyle at all!

Once he entered his 40’s, and having his health and happiness, he became somewhat of a “partier!” Lyle spent the decade “clubbing,” bar hopping and at cocktail parties (after all, he was a very social individual). He also loved attending concerts with his friends. Still no “significant other” appeared, but he was definitely on the lookout. Lyle spent his life without accumulating anything…he was more interested in enjoying life than “buying stuff.”

Finally, as he entered his 50’s, his party style was quieting down. He met Bobbie, and began a very serious relationship. She was 20 years his junior, and together they decided to start a family. Of course, Lyle had to slow down a bit and focus on Bobbie and kids. So they began enjoying strolls in the park, going fishing and going to the shooting range. As Lyle entered his 60’s, his health was strong and he began doing some painting and attending art competitions. He and Bobbie also loved participating in bake sales at the local farmer’s market. Lyle lived through two full decades of “old age” and made it well into his 80’s! His focus on projects and health served him well throughout his life.
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Robin was the typical “nerd.” She carried a pocket protector and spent every minute studying anything she could throughout her early years. As soon as she could, she used her tremendous “study” ability to enter the workplace at a very high level job as a scientist (L3). Before she was out of her 20s, she was amazingly able to retire from that job with a nice pension for the rest of her life. That allowed her to move on to other things…but what did she choose? Another job!!! This time she went into the arts, again at a very high level. Well before the end of her life, she also retired from that job which then allowed her to have a very relaxing and productive retirement!

Once Robin was done working, she focused on projects and activities. She liked adventure and social projects and also participated in a number of group projects. She went on a trip into space with one of those private companies that take you up “into the atmosphere!” She did some excellent volunteer work, and loved to enter Sudoku tournaments. She also served as a Private Investigator as a side business. Her activities also included skydiving, shopping and going to museums.

Midway through her 40s, she met Cameron and decided to settle down with him. Cameron also loved doing many projects, and that trait was the link that brought them together. They started a family and enjoyed the “good life.” Of course, Robin loved to play board games, and had a wonderful collection. She and Cameron also had a boat, which they used every weekend. Finally, Robin’s BOSE headphones were always in use…she never took them off!

Robin worked hard early in life and enjoyed the rest! She passed away in her 70s, but had worked hard enough early on to lead an extremely successful life!
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Mike was an “achiever” at a very early age. He loved to start lots of projects and had great success at each one! Mike focused on his health early in life by participating in martial arts and yoga! He became expert at each over the course of his life!

Mike took on a Science job during his life and career, achieving the middle management level (L2) and was a very diligent worker. Mike participated in many group projects with his friends, and started many other projects, including a Robot Wars competition and going to the Cosplay Convention. Mike also loved many activities, including paintball and hosting fancy dinners! Mike also spent time at a private school to enhance his knowledge in his chosen field!

Late in life, Mike met Sonia who turned out to be the love of his life! She was a collector, and Mike spent some time shopping for collections after they started dating. During this time, Mike and Sonia acquired a phenomenal clothes collection, and an exotic “whiskey” collection. Mike was full of vitality, thanks to his tireless yoga and martial arts activities, so he and Sonia started a family! Mike, Sonia and family spent their time taking many “road trips” all over the country…it was their favorite form of vacation! Mike and Sonia lived very long lives together (thanks to his focus on health), with Mike making it well into his 80s before he passed away peacefully of “old age.” He had a very successful life!
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Ken was a “haggler” all of his life. He used to give his mom fits when he argued and negotiated about what time to go to bed! This trait helped him, however, throughout his life when acquiring items and doing activities. This trait may have also lead Ken to lead a life without a partner…something he never even considered. But he wasn’t lonely. He participated in many projects and group projects, and was quite busy with his activities.

Ken did take on a job in the Arts during his life, and did rise to a mid-level role. He was a good worker, and kept his job for his career. He was never quite able to achieve the top level job. But this did allow him to follow his passion…computer game design. He also went to gaming conventions every year…both computer gaming and board gaming. Ken had numerous interests throughout his life. He was quite active, playing soccer, scuba diving and horseback riding. Ken also loved animals, and spent many hours travelling to the best zoos all over the country. While travelling, Ken also ate at the top restaurants whenever he could.

Ken also started a number of large group projects, including an Amateur Theatre group and an A Capella Quartet. He was quite successful with those ventures. Later in life, he wrote a non-fiction novel and took up a side business of training dogs. He had an odd assortment of activities, but they gave him pleasure and kept him busy all the time. Ken lived a good life, and passed away in his early 70s.
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I truly enjoy reading these.
 
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Michael Hastriter
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Hey did Robin continue to collect money on 2 retirements? I think the rules state if you take another job you lose retirement pay at no stress cost. Perhaps this contributed to Robin's amazingly high score.
 
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Lyle Rhodebeck
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Interesting question...I think she did get two retirements for at least one round, if not two. I'll check it out!
 
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